Transformation is a Mysterious Journey ~ Worth the Walk

… expanding into higher levels of consciousness …



Much like the cater­pil­lar who has woven a cocoon around him­self to trans­form into some­thing beau­ti­ful, I too feel as though I have gone inside to become some­thing that more closely reflects my True Self

With the tran­si­tional energy that 2012 holds, it would seem, stronger than ever, that now is a per­fect time to seize the moment and trans­form our lives in more ways than one. Change is in the air, as some might say; and why not Take Action on some of those feelings and thoughts that you may be experiencing, yet not understanding.

  • Do you feel a desire for transformative change in your life?
  • Do you wish you felt more alive?
  • Do you hide who you really are from others?
  • Do you suffer from painful symptoms that point to the need for a change?
  • Do you feel stuck in old patterns, relationships, thoughts, or feelings?

Here are Three Pow­er­ful Quotes to aid in your own per­sonal form of transformation:

1. First Allow

“If you want to shrink some­thing, You must first allow it to expand.
If you want to get rid of some­thing, You must first allow it to flour­ish.
If you want to take some­thing, You must first allow it to be given.
This is called the sub­tle per­cep­tion of the way things are.”
~Tao Te Ching, Trans­lated by Stephen Mitchell

All too often it’s easy to resist and push unwanted things out of our lives. But as the Tao Te Ching teaches, in order to make the changes we desire we must first allow our­selves to expe­ri­ence the sub­tleties of dis­com­fort. When we do so, we enable our­selves to expand our per­cep­tions and learn valu­able lessons along the way.

2. Focus on Present Activ­ity

“Trans­for­ma­tion is not five min­utes from now; it’s a present activ­ity. In this moment you can make a dif­fer­ent choice, and it’s these small choices and suc­cesses that build up over time to help cul­ti­vate a healthy self-image and self esteem.” ~ Jil­lian Michaels

The only place trans­for­ma­tion can ever occur is in the present moment. When we decide to make a change in our life — how­ever big — its the steady and con­tin­ual minute-by-minute small actions and choices we make along the way that add up and allow us to reach our goal.

3. Sur­round Your­self with Mys­tery

“I would rather live in a world where my life is sur­rounded by mys­tery than live in a world so small that my mind could com­pre­hend it.” ~Harry Emer­son Fosdick

Mys­tery is what trans­for­ma­tion is made of. Mys­tery is, in part, what con­trols and directs the flow of energy that sur­rounds us, and what’s reflected in the serendip­i­tous rela­tion­ship we hold with oth­ers and all of the uni­verse. By encom­pass­ing our­selves in mys­tery and being recep­tive to the world around us, what we are really doing is relin­quish­ing our need to con­trol the flow of change. By releas­ing and let­ting go we give way for God to enter and true trans­for­ma­tion to come forth.

SCIENTIFICALLY, in molecular biology transformation is the genetic alteration of a cell resulting from the direct uptake, incorporation and expression of exogenous genetic material (exogenous DNA) from its surroundings and taken up through the cell membrane(s).

Transformation occurs naturally in some species of bacteria, but it can also be effected by artificial means in other cells. For transformation to happen, bacteria must be in a state of competence, which might occur as a time-limited response to environmental conditions such as starvation and cell density.

Transformation is one of three processes by which exogenous genetic material may be introduced into a bacterial cell, the other two being conjugation (transfer of genetic material between two bacterial cells in direct contact) and transduction (injection of foreign DNA by a bacteriophage virus into the host bacterium).

“Transformation” may also be used to describe the insertion of new genetic material into nonbacterial cells, including animal and plant cells; however, because “transformation” has a special meaning in relation to animal cells, indicating progression to a cancerous state, the term should be avoided for animal cells when describing introduction of exogenous genetic material. Introduction of foreign DNA into eukaryotic cells is often called “transfection”.

All in all, transformation is a process of ‘change’, usually occurring for the betterment of its beneficiary or the one working the process.

SUGGESTED READING: Download The Four Pillars of Spiritual Transformation: The Adornment of the Spiritually Transformed (Hilyat al-abdal) (Mystical Treatises of Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Ara)

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Translation and Arabic edition by Stephen Hirtenstein

This is the first English translation of Ibn ‘ArabI’s Hilyat al-abdal, a short work which he wrote in the space of an hour during his Meccan period as something that would be “of assistance for those on the Path to true happiness”. Beginning with an anecdote concerning one of his Andalusian companions, Ibn ‘Arabi proceeds to explain the exterior qualities of the spiritually transformed (abdal). He particularly focuses on the four essential prerequisites of spiritual discipline: silence, seclusion, hunger and vigilance, describing how these appear among both aspirants and the spiritually realised.

One of the most popular of his short works, the Hilyat al-abdal was much copied, and this book includes the first critical edition of the text based on the best manuscripts, including one written in Malatya during the author’s lifetime. In addition, it provides a substantial introduction on the abdal saints, and a translation of Chapter 53 from the Futuhat al-makkiyya, which deals with the same subject-matter.

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